NAME
Math::NumSeq::AlgebraicContinued  continued fraction expansion of algebraic numbers
SYNOPSIS
use Math::NumSeq::AlgebraicContinued;
my $seq = Math::NumSeq::AlgebraicContinued>new (expression => 'cbrt 2');
my ($i, $value) = $seq>next;
DESCRIPTION
This is terms in the continued fraction expansion of an algebraic number such as a cube root or Nth root. For example cbrt(2),
1, 3, 1, 5, 1, 1, 4, 1, 1, 8, 1, 14, 1, 10, 2, 1, 4, 12, 2, ...
starting i=0
A continued fraction approaches the root by a form
1
C = a[0] + 
a[1] + 1

a[2] + 1

a[3] + ...
The first term a[0] is the integer part of C, leaving a remainder 0 < r < 1 which is expressed as r=1/R with R > 1, so
1
C = a[0] + 
R
Then a[1] is the integer part of that R, and so on repeatedly.
The current code uses a generic approach manipulating a polynomial with Math::BigInt
coefficients (see "FORMULAS" below). It tends to be a little slow because the coefficients become large, representing an ever more precise approximation to the target value.
Expression
The expression
parameter currently only accepts a couple of forms for a cube root or Nth root.
cbrt 123
7throot 123
The intention would be to perhaps take some simple fractions or products if they can be turned into a polynomial easily. Or take an initial polynomial directly.
FUNCTIONS
See "FUNCTIONS" in Math::NumSeq for behaviour common to all sequence classes.
$seq = Math::NumSeq::AlgebraicContinued>new (expression => $str)

Create and return a new sequence object.
$i = $seq>i_start ()

Return 0, the first term in the sequence being at i=0.
FORMULAS
Next
The continued fraction can be developed by maintaining a polynomial with single real root equal to the remainder R at each stage. (As per for example Knuth volume 2 Seminumerical Algorithms section 4.5.3 exercise 13, following Lagrange.)
As an example, a cube root cbrt(C) begins
x^3 + C = 0
and later has a set of coefficients p,q,r,s
p*x^3 + q*x^2 + r*x + s = 0
p,q,r,s integers and p < 0
From such an equation the integer part of the root can be found by looking for the biggest integer x with
p*x^3 + q*x^2 + r*x + s < 0
Choosing the signs so the high coefficient p<0
means the polynomial is positive for small x and becomes negative above the root.
Various root finding algorithms could probably be used, but the current code is a binary search.
The integer part is subtracted Rc and then inverted 1/(Rc) for the continued fraction. This is applied to the cubic equation first by a substitution x+c,
p*x^3 + (3pc+q)*x^2 + (3pc^2+2qc+r)x + (pc^3+qc^2+rc+s)
and then 1/x which is a reversal p,q,r,s > s,r,q,p, and a termwise negation to keep p<0. So
new p = (p*c^3 + q*c^2 + r*c + s)
new q = (3p*c^2 + 2q*c + r)
new r = (3p*c + q)
new s = p
The values p,q,r,s are integers but may become large. For a cube root they seem to grow by about 1.7 bits per term. Presumably growth is related to the average size of the a[i] terms.
For a general polynomial the substitution x+c becomes a set of binomial factors for the coefficients.
For a square root or other quadratic equation q*x^2+rx+s the continued fraction terms repeat and can be calculated more efficiently than this general approach (see Math::NumSeq::SqrtContinued).
The binary search or similar root finding algorithm for the integer part is important. The integer part is often 1, and in that case a single check to see if x=2 gives poly<0 suffices. But a term can be quite large so a linear search 1,2,3,4,etc is undesirable. An example with large terms can be found in Sloane's OEIS,
http://oeis.org/A093876 continued fraction of 4th root of 9.1, ie. (91/10)^(1/4)
The first few terms include 75656 and 262344, before settling down to more usual size terms it seems.
SEE ALSO
Math::NumSeq, Math::NumSeq::SqrtContinued
HOME PAGE
http://user42.tuxfamily.org/mathnumseq/index.html
LICENSE
Copyright 2012, 2013 Kevin Ryde
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